Top sights and sounds at Disneyland Resort

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Don't miss the classic attractions at Disneyland Park

Renowned as "The Happiest Place on Earth," Disneyland Park is Walt Disney's original theme park and the centrepiece of the Disneyland Resort. Covering 85-acres, it has grown over the past six decades to include eight familiar themed "lands" including Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, New Orleans Square, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Mickey's Toontown and Tomorrowland.

Featuring more than 60 adventures and attractions, Disneyland Park boasts some of the most quintessential Disney theme park experiences in the world including classics such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room, "it's a small world," Matterhorn Bobsleds and Indiana Jones Adventure.

Six ways to enjoy Disney California Adventure Park

Disney California Adventure Park, located across from Disneyland Park, offers something for everyone – from the thrill seeker to the guest who likes to play after dark. Here are six themed itineraries to try – and build upon – for an upcoming visit to Disney California Adventure Park.

Thrill Seekers Adventure – Disney California Adventure Park is a thrill seeker's paradise. This itinerary is packed with flying, spinning, screaming, soaring and racing fun that any thrill seeker would love.

  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • California Screamin'
  • Soarin' Over California
  • Silly Symphony Swings
  • Goofy's Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run

The Show Stopper – This itinerary is worthy of an encore. Disney California Adventure Park features some of the best entertainment the Disneyland Resort has to offer. Head down the rabbit hole or be immersed in storytelling as nearly 1,200 fountains light up the night with these interactive, immersive shows.

  • Frozen - Live at the Hyperion
  • Red Car News Boys
  • Five & Dime
  • Ursula's Grotto, Sorcerer's Workshop (Disney Animation Building)
  • Pixar Play Parade
  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage!
  • World of Color
  • Live music on Paradise Pier (At the gazebo near Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta and Paradise Garden Grill)

The Night Cap – When the sun goes down, Disney California Adventure Park sets the stage for a magical, nighttime experience. Watch as Cars Land flips the switch from day to night and enjoy the illumination of Route 66 with its amazing neon signs. Don't miss a twinkling view of the skyline from the top of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™.

  • Cars Land Neon Lighting
  • Dinner at Carthay Circle Restaurant or Golden Vine Winery, with reserved viewing for World of Color
  • Carthay Circle Lounge
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Hot Chocolate, Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop
  • World of Color

Nature Lovers – This itinerary invites nature lovers to "branch out" and experience the beautiful horticulture that spreads across Disney California Adventure Park. More than 450 trees were planted in Cars Land alone, and the addition of trees throughout the park adds shade for more guest comfort. From the tall pines around Grizzly Mountain to the small cacti in Cars Land, guests will enjoy all the beautiful surroundings in the park.

  • Golden State Winery Cork Oak at the Golden Vine Winery (Pacific Wharf)
  • Grizzly Peak Pine Trees (Grizzly Peak)
  • Ficus Auriculate – Roxburgh Fig ("a bug's land")
  • Cars Land "Ironwood" Tree – Olneya Tesota
  • Cars Land Claret Cup Cactus

A Day with Character – Getting up close and personal with favourite characters is one of the best ways to enjoy a day at Disney California Adventure Park. Guests will enjoy being immersed in the stories of classic Disney characters and Pixar pals, plus there are many opportunities to greet favourite characters. Guests may talk with Crush, sing along with Minnie and go under the sea with Ariel on this character-filled itinerary.

  • Greet Lightning McQueen and Mater
  • Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
  • The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Pixar Play Parade
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail with Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar's Up
  • Turtle Talk with Crush at Disney Animation Building
  • The Beast's Library, Sorcerer's Workshop, at Disney Animation Building
  • Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
  • Ariel's Grotto Princess Character Dining

Child's Play Tour – This itinerary is a good gift for parents and grandparents who are entertaining younger guests. These attractions are fun for all ages and cover the entire park. Whether it's square-dancing at Mater's Junkyard Jamboree or playing at bug's eye-level in "a bug's land," there are so many places to make memories together for the entire family.

  • Mater's Junkyard Jamboree (Cars Land)
  • Heimlich's Chew Chew Train
  • Flik's Flyers
  • King Triton's Carousel
  • Golden Zephyr
  • Games of the Boardwalk featuring beloved Disney characters
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Animation Academy (Disney Animation Building)

All the Resort's a stage!

Disneyland Resort guests enjoy a variety of live performances, and many youngsters get their first taste of live theatre in Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park. Even with all the spectacular rides and attractions in the parks, a Disneyland Resort guest could spend a full day and night simply enjoying the shows, large and small.

Throughout Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, guests encounter parades, dance parties, street performances, musical groups and live shows virtually at every turn. A full list of entertainment is available each day at the park entrances and may include the following:

At Disneyland Park:

  • Mickey and the Magical Map – The show, presented on the Fantasyland Theatre stage, features Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters in a dazzling adventure filled with music, fun and special effects.
  • Mickey's Soundsational Parade – Presented daily, it features beloved Disney characters performing to a variety of rhythms and musical styles.
  • Fantasmic! – The spectacular long-running show features Disney characters and magical images projected on water, presented on the Rivers of America in Frontierland.
  • Jedi Training Academy at Tomorrowland Terrace
  • Fantasy Faire, near Sleeping Beauty Castle, features live shows that are presented in the Royal Theatre.
  • Nighttime fireworks spectaculars, including Fantasy in the Sky, light up the sky above Disneyland Park.

At Disney California Adventure Park:

  • World of Color – The innovative and immersive nighttime spectacular presented on Paradise Bay combines water, colour, fire, music and animation.
  • Frozen – Live at the Hyperion – The emotional and heartwarming story of Anna and Elsa in a spectacular new theatrical interpretation of Disney's animated film.
  • Pixar Play Parade – The lively playtime parade performs daily, with favourite Disney•Pixar pals.
  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage! – Mickey Mouse is joined by favourite Disney Junior show characters, including Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First.

Parade routes and theatrical venues aren't the only places where Disneyland Resort guests encounter live entertainment. There are magical encounters with live Disney and Disney•Pixar characters, and the parks and Downtown Disney District are filled with many other energetic and talented performers.

The royal treatment at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

At the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Disneyland Park, little girls — 3 to 12 years old — can be transformed from head to toe into little princesses by a Fairy Godmother-in-Training. With an elaborate hair style, elegant princess accessories and exciting make-up, your little girl will feel like royalty.

Your heroic boy can fend off imaginary dragons, save fanciful damsels and feel like a noble young man with sensational sword, shield and sleek hairstyling included in the Knight Package.